Asia and the Pacific is one of the most biologically and culturally diverse regions on the planet that hosts high numbers of unique animal and plant species and ecosystems. Seventeen of the planet’s 36 biodiversity hotspots are found here, along with three quarters of all coral reefs and more than half of all remaining mangrove areas on earth.
Why are people in Asia and the Pacific particularly vulnerable to climate change?
Did you know that mangroves could defend and feed a community? On Mangrove Day, learn about these unique ecosystems that help coastal communities enhance disaster resilience and improve livelihoods.
This booklet sets out guidance for assessing the effectiveness of an ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaptation. It describes a process, based around asking a detailed set of questions, that can be used by project managers and researchers to shape project design, assess the progress of an ongoing project or draw conclusions about the effectiveness of a project that has ended.
The Berau regency in East Kalimantan has developed a model of ecosystem development in Kampung Merabu in Kelay that integrates economic growth and protection of through ecotourism. Attractions include the karst mountain range of Sangkulirang Mangkalihat. The Berau policy is very interesting, in contrast for instance to Pati regency in Central Java, where the local government has allowed the mountainous region Kendeng to become a mining site for basic materials for a cement factory, thereby inciting ongoing conflicts with local communities.